Thursday, December 1, 2016

Campus Reacts to White Supremacy Posters at Purdue

On Wednesday posters promoting white supremacy were plastered across the Purdue campus. They were promptly taken down and President Mitch Daniels released the following statement to WLFI:
“Reading the dozen or so words on the posters in question, it’s not at all clear what they mean. But if one looks behind them, as I did, to the organization’s website, there are views expressed there that are obviously inconsistent with the values and principles we believe in here at Purdue. This is a transparent effort to bait people into overreacting, thereby giving a minuscule fringe group attention it does not deserve, and that we decline to do.”
Many on campus felt the President's response was inadequate, and Wednesday evening the Purdue Social Justice Coalition organized an emergency meeting to discuss possible action and to encourage a stronger university response; here is Exponent coverage of the meeting.

On Thursday a plainly irritated Presdient Daniels released another statement to the Purdue community:
"My condemnation of the apparent motives behind the posters at issue wasn't sufficiently strident for some, and that's fair enough. Each person can choose the language he or she thinks best meets an occasion like this. But Purdue University's opposition to racism in all its forms couldn’t be more clear, both from yesterday's statement and a host of others that preceded it. No action by a self-promoting fringe group can do anything to change that; in fact, it only furnishes another opportunity to underscore our committment to equal access and opportunity, inclusion, and respect for all people."
The Social Justice League will hold another rally on this issue will be held on the steps of Hovde Hall on Monday, December 5 at noon.